One wanted, one arrested in connection to Brantford shooting

Brantford Police are seeking the remaining suspect after two were sought for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a variety of other weapons offences related to an early morning shooting Wednesday in the downtown core.

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Police are looking for Chad Wray-McCombs, 29 years. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, members of the public are asked not to approach him, but immediately call 9-1-1.

Unconfirmed reports say the second suspect, Lori Ruth Ann Staats, 25 years was arrested by police.

Police say on Wednesday morning just before 4:30 a.m. they received a report of a gunshot in downtown Brantford.

Officers found a shooting had occurred in an alleyway behind a Dalhousie Street complex between Queen and King Streets.

While officers were attending the scene a second call was received about a 23 year old male victim at a different location suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was taken to hospital due to his injuries.

Officers say the two incidents are connected and are still seeking Wray-McCombs in connection to the shooting.

In 2017, a woman by the name Lori Anne Staats, then 24, was arrested and charged as an accessory to murder after the fact in the disappearance of Douglas Hill. Reports from that time say the charges were connected to helping the conceal the identity of the accused in the murder, a 17 year old female. Those charges were dismissed in 2018 after a judge found insufficient evidence to take the case to trial.

Police have not confirmed if the two women are the same person.

Anyone with knowledge of Wray-McCombs whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Mark Whitworth at (519) 756-0113 ext. 2266.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

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